“The City of Sacramento wants our customers to let Mother Nature water their lawns,” said Dave Brent, Director of the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities. “Sprinklers should be turned off when it is raining and can be kept off for several days or possibly even weeks afterwards because the moisture from the rain is still in the soil and feeding the grass and plants.”
"The city is working towards a 20 percent water use reduction and sprinklers are a large part of our everyday water use,” reminded Brent. “In fact, for most homes, sprinklers make up more than 50 percent of their water use. So cutting back on sprinkler days and length of time that they run is key to helping the city meet its goal and protect our water resources for the dry summer months ahead.”
The city wants to remind residents to monitor the moisture and not water if the ground is soft. An easy test is to stick a screwdriver in the grass, if it goes in easily, then the lawn doesn't need to be watered.
A new study finds California’s Central Valley has three times more water beneath it than previously estimated.
UPDATE June 26: Fire managers says the Erskine Fire near Lake Isabella in Kern County has grown to 43,460 acres and is 40 percent contained. Two people have died, and more than 250 structures have been destroyed and an additional 75 damaged.
Four consecutive years of drought, millions of dead trees and summer heat, are all factors as thousands of firefighters work to control wildfires in California.
Not much change is expected in drought conditions in California during the summer "dry season" but wildfire danger is increasing, with 66 million dead trees in the Sierra Nevada adding potential fuel.
The U.S. Forest Service says 66 million trees are dead in the Sierra Nevada after four consecutive years of drought in California and a bark beetle infestation.